Stunning ocean vistas with Diamond Head’s majesty in the background make the scenery alone fit for any romantic occasion at The Reef Bar and Market Grill. Treat that special person in your life to the sensational crisp, salty air along the shores of Waikiki, while also spoiling them with fresh “farm-to beach” edibles.
Make an impression beachside any time of year, and especially on Valentine’s Day, when the restaurant offers heartwarming specials. Celebrate your love on Feb. 14 with an exclusive “Surf n Turf” dish that features a juicy 8-ounce slice of filet mignon and a succulent serving of lobster.
Prepare them any way you like and choose from a selection of tasty seasonings and homemade sauces.
Seasonal oysters, considered “aphrodisiacs” by many, contribute even more spice to your love life when they accompany your edible agenda. Fresh Oysters on the Half Shell make for a great appetizer. The mollusks are shucked upon order and served with cocktail sauce and chili pepper water mignonette.
If you’ve come with an appetite, pair your entrées with any number of sides, including a Stuffed Baked Potato with butter, black pepper, sour cream, bacon and green onion, enough to accompany any hunk of meat. Or try garlic bread made with a French baguette, freshly grated garlic and butter.
On the most romantic day of the year there will also be a special flourless chocolate cake with strawberry jelly shaped in a heart. A perfect way to cap off the meal.
Can’t make it for Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry. Sumptuous food is always available at The Reef Bar and Market Grill. What makes this spot stand out is the unique way in which meals are selected and prepared. Order from the menu and embark on an interactive culinary adventure on which you grill your own meal.
The Reef, which has an ample salad bar, specializes in Island meat and fish. Select from a variety of options, including local ‘ahi (tuna), rib eye or Kukui Sausage (Portuguese or spicy Italian), as well as vegetarian options such as a “stack” of tofu, cauliflower, zucchini and onion, or corn on the cob smothered in spicy international flavors and garlic butter. From there, choose the seasonings for your meat or veggies and cook your selection under the guidance of the grill master to your desired consistency. Finally, choose from in-house sauces, such as Pineapple Teriyaki or Miso Glaze.
And just as on Valentine’s Day, there are a range of appetizers and desserts to pick from for a romantic dining experience year-round. Try the Baked Goat Cheese with crisp toasted herbed focaccia made for dipping into an angelic basil and sundried tomato pesto with fresh goat cheese. Desserts include the Kona Mocha Chocolate Wedge, a house special chocolate cake and the Upside-Down Pineapple Cake with tropical coconut ice cream.
The menu at this open-air restaurant is thanks in part to Delia Romano, director of Food and Beverage. She strives to craft dishes that use as many flavorful local ingredients as possible and combines them in ways that are “innovative and memorable.” She always makes sure that the menu is filled with options for people with a range of dietary needs, from vegans to those with certain allergies.
Romano has always had a fondness for food but it was her grandma who really drew her into the craft of cuisine. Now she delights in preparing meals for visitors and kama‘a¯ina (Hawai‘i resident) alike at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, whose dining room opened in 2017.
“Food is one thing that everybody has an opinion on, which makes it such a great profession to be in,” she says. “To be able to push people to try new things or turn their stance on certain foods is empowering.”
Dine in a casual, charming atmosphere with your loved one on Valentine’s Day, or celebrate each other any other day of the year next to one of the most beautiful shorelines in the world at The Reef Bar and Market Grill.
Call 808-924-7333 or visit reefbarandmarketgrill.com.